The Real Reason I Didn’t Participate In #BellLetsTalk This Year

Let me start this off by saying: my decision not to participate in #BellLetsTalk this year was just that – a decision. Not a protest. Not a political stance. But a choice. And just because I didn’t participate does mean that I don’t applaud every person who bravely spoke their truth in hopes to extend…

The Reason I’m Empowered Is Also The Reason I’m Depressed

I’m struggling. Yes, I do feel empowered and inspired each time I hear that another brave woman has come forward to share her story of abuse, assault, or harassment. However, I can’t help but to also feel sad. To feel angry. To feel hurt. To feel scared. To feel hopeless. To feel confused. To feel…

The Lesson We Can All Learn From Aziz Ansari’s Sexual Assault Accuser

Trigger warning: Sexual assault  My first draft of this article was titled, “If Aziz Ansari Sexually Assaulted Grace, Most of the Men I’ve Dated Have Sexually Assaulted Me Too” Kind of brutal, right? I then changed the title to something a bit softer, “Aziz Ansari & the Advent of Sexual Assault”. That’s a bit less…

My Attraction to Ambition

When someone asks me what I look for in a man, I’ll typically spell out the obvious answers: That I hope he’s smart, attractive, funny, kind, family-oriented, loyal, trustworthy, and has a bit of an edge that keeps me excited and “on my toes”. However, the older I’ve gotten, and the more mature I’ve become,…

What I’ve Learned About Death

When it comes to death, most days I’m obsessed. Well, maybe obsessed isn’t the right word. Maybe I’m – consciously intrigued? Whatever you want to call it, death is something I think about daily. And not only when I’m depressed. Death is something that pops into my mind in the shower, imaging that scene in…

I Broke Up With Someone For Being Too Good To Me

I broke up with an ex boyfriend because he was too good to me. Now that’s not the whole truth, but that’s most of it. That’s the important part. The part that I want to get off my chest. I broke up with him because: while he was busy being good to me, and willing…

The 28 Benefits Of Being A Single Lady

I asked a bunch of single gals what all the best parts of being single are…. here’s what they had to say! 1. You don’t have to shave/ feel pressure to conform to unrealisitc beauty standards. 2. When you do have to shave… you can mark it on your calendar… because you know when it’s…

Sh*t Horror Films Have Taught Me

Don’t Talk To Strangers. Just to be safe, don’t befriend the weird kid whose parents mysteriously vanished. Also, try not to talk to creepy locals at gas stations while you’re driving into town. Don’t Go Into Towns With Weird Histories. If 50 little kids from (insert town here) were snatched from their rooms back in…

Films Every Woman Should See

Girl Interrupted (1999) A troubled Susanna finds herself trying to balance her life outside and inside a mental institution. Hidden Figures (2016) This film is about an awe inspiring african american female mathematician who worked at NASA during the Space Race. Mermaids (1990) Charlotte badly wants her unstable mother to settle down, but as tensions…

Relationship Stages As Told By Drake

The “Just Got Her Number” Stage. The “wyd?” Stage. The “Imma Play It Cool So You Want Me More” Stage. The “Snapchat Everyday” Stage. The “Laugh At All His Jokes” Stage. The “So, What Are We?” Stage. The “PDA At Parties” Stage. The “I’m So Into You” Stage. The “Nothin’ Can Stop Us” Stage. The…

13 Reasons Why, Welcome To Your Tape

Hey, it’s Kellie.  Kellie Anderson. Don’t adjust your… whatever device you’re reading this on. It’s me, live and in print.  No return engagements, no encore, and this time, absolutely no requests.  Get a snack. Settle in.  Because I’m about to tell you why 13 Reasons Why deserves a tape.  Let’s get started. In honour of…

I Need To Talk About 13 Reasons Why

As soon as I finished episode one, I knew I was going to have to write about 13 Reasons Why. Actually, as soon as I heard about the show, I knew I was going to have to write about it. “Have to?” – You might be asking. “No, Kellie, you don’t have to. No one…